Highlights for 2019 – 2020

This program is an opportunity for Georgia Thespians to see their original scripts workshopped with a professional director or playwright. One submitted selection will be chosen to participate in a staged reading, including an audience feedback session at ThesCon. In addition, complete plays that meet the requirements for the International Thespians Festival  will have the opportunity to submit their work to that conference.


Writers must be active members of the International Thespian Society enrolled in high school during the current school year. The selected finalist must be registered to attend the upcoming Georgia Thespian Conference as well as attend the Playworks event on Saturday morning of the conference. 

Submission Guidelines

Plays must be the original work of a single Thespian writer. Collaborative works or adaptations won’t be considered, nor will plays that include music, lyrics, or dialogue written by anyone other than the submitting writer. Plays can be about any subject but should have a running time of up to 20 minutes (approximately twenty typed pages). Writers may submit more than one play for consideration.

Play scripts must be typed and emailed to Submissions must be done in 12-font using the format posted on the PlayWorks website. Please download and include the Cover Page document and include a Cast List which briefly describes the characters . The Title Page and the Cast List page don’t count as one of your pages of script.

Submissions open September 29, 2019
Deadline is the SUPER DEADLINE December 6, 2019

Script Support

Teachers and students are welcome to utilize the Playwriting Unit Plan as a tool to get started writing. This unit plan coordinates with the Georgia Standards of Excellence in both the theatre standards and the newly introduced Dramatic Writing with ELA course. The unit is designed for new and emerging playwrights to build the skills that are essential for creating successful plays. It is comprised of writing exercises and smaller projects that culminate in the writing of a one act play suitable for admission to PlayWorks.

PlayWorks Event at Conference

One selected piece from submitted works will be presented as a staged reading at conference on Saturday morning. The playwright will be notified by the January LeadCon 1. The playwright and volunteer actors will collaborate with the guest artist to bring the text to life. Audience members will observe the readings and participate in a guided talk-back with the guest artist. The reading and talk-back process may be attended by any conference attendee.

This selected piece will also be eligible for competition at the ITF level.

Feb. 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


Your work is protected by copyright from the moment it is created. As the writer, you own the play and have exclusive control of the rights to produce, publish, and adapt it. By submitting your script to the Georgia Thespian PlayWorks program, you are agreeing to allow Georgia Thespians to mount a staged reading of your play.  All other rights remain the exclusive property of the playwright.

Qualification for ITF

The New Works for PlayWorks and MusicalWorks shown at ThesCon will be awarded eligibility to compete on the International level. If  the script is chosen by ITF, registration fees, which include room and board as well as admission to all ITF events, will be covered by ITF. 

Submissions selected by ITF will also be eligible for a travel reimbursement to aid with their travel to ITF, up to $400. Committee members will contact the selected writers about this process.